Rainbows are one of the most magical natural phenomena that exists. When we are young, we chase rainbows hoping to catch a glimpse of a leprechaun or pot of gold. As adults, we know that rainbows are caused by light coming together with water droplets but it doesn’t matter because it is still just as magical. Since Spring and Summer are great times to spot rainbows, we thought we’d bring together some fun facts as well as a few craft and recipe ideas to celebrate everything rainbow!
- A rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky.
- An easy way to remember the order of the colors in a rainbow is Roy G. Biv: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet.
- Rainbows are actually a full circle but we only see an arc when viewing it from the ground.
- Light can reflect multiple times within the same droplet to make fainter second, third and fourth rainbows.
- The colors in a secondary rainbow will be the opposite of the first, or primary, rainbow.
- A rainbow is not an object that appears in one spot. It is based on the angle of light from your position. As you move closer to the rainbow, it will move farther away. So unfortunately, finding the pot of gold probably won’t happen.
Easy Rainbow Garland from Best Birthdays – There’s no need to wait for the perfect weather to enjoy a rainbow! This cute garland is perfect for your kids’ room any time!
Rainbow Bracelets with Rainbow Loom – We’ve recently added 60 episodes of Rainbow Loom tutorials onto the Kidoodle.TV service. Wear a little bit of rainbow on your wrist every day!
3D Rainbow Crayon Artwork from One Heart One Family – We love this gorgeous way to bring a rainbow to life using crayons. While this crayon isn’t something kids can do by themselves, they will love helping. Beautiful!
R is for Rainbow from Learning With My Kids – Great ideas for learning all about rainbows with great suggestions for activities.
Fun Rainbow Foods
Rainbow Polka Dot Petal Cake from Raising Memories – This gorgeous cake is a bit fiddly but the end result is totally worth it! If you are throwing a rainbow themed party, this would be a big hit.
Rainbow Jello Cake from A Pretty Life – Want the rainbow look without *quite* so much work? Check out this pretty and delicious Rainbow Jello Cake.
And remember…the best way to enjoy a rainbow is to get outside and see one in the wild. Happy Rainbow Hunting!
~Merry and Alicia